Friday, April 14, 2017

The Blues II


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Here it is! All those blue hexagons have been sewn into a lovely soft baby blanket.

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In this picture you can already see how I’ve arranged the hexagons. On the bottom of the blanket, they are very dark, and then going to the other side, they become lighter and lighter.

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I love the idea that there are only 4 shades of blue used for this blanket. Most hexagons have only been made twice. To play with colours like this is what I really like.

 

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Upside down it gives a completely different look.

 

Groetjes, Dorien

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Because Winter is over…..


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No blue hexagons this time, but something I worked on the last couple of weeks. I love to wear self-made socks and I was running out of them. Because I had some sockyarn in my stash, it was quickly decided what to do.

So I started with these.

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Pretty simple pattern. As all sock patterns this one has a smaller foot and a wider leg. But my ankles are much smaller than my feet. So a pattern needs to be adjusted, I just didn’t know how because it had been a very long time since I knitted some socks for me.

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This was an easy way to do it; just knit the back of the leg in rib. I made these a bit longer, only to see if I like that.

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Last attempt is with a pattern. It looks very intricate, but is quite simple. As you can see I made the leg not as long as in the second pair, but longer than the first. These fit perfectly and as soon as I’m in town, I’ll buy some more sock yarn.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Blues


Hello! And again time passed so quickly. I hope you are enjoying the beginning of Spring too. It has been marvelous weather up here and since we have solar panels on the roof, we appreciate the sun even more.

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This is what is keeping me busy. Only 4 shades of blue and a bit of cream makes a lot of different hexagons.

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I have a vague idea about how to lay out these hexagons, but it’s not definite yet.

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For now, lots of work to do so I turned on a nice playlist, poured myself a cup of tea and say goodbye to you!

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Something I’m not really happy with


It has been a while since the last time I made Fleur a new dog bed, but it was very much needed. She has this hobby to kind of dig into her pillow, which is not too good for the fabric. It usually doesn’t take too long before a cover is transformed into a rug that looks as if it is made of rags.

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This time I tried something completely different from what I usually make for her. Especially because I wanted to try new techniques. To make a border like this was the challenge this time. It is like a tube filled with fiberfill and to get the corners right was harder than I thought it might be. I’m not happy with it at all.

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For now it will do, but I’m already planning to make something new. Fleur doesn’t mind; she’s happy with it.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Friday, March 10, 2017

Trip around the World


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It started with these colors of yarn and an idea to make a cowl with motives based on patterns from all over the world.

Looking at images in books and of course a lot on the web I found a lot of possible ideas, and eventually I made charts which I could use.

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And now there is this warm, soft, cozy cowl/infinity scarf to touch, to wear, to look at.

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The cowl is knitted in-the-round with Stylecraft DK on needle 3.5 mm. In the end the first and last row are joined with kitchener stitch.

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Too bad the inside isn’t visible anymore; I think it looks great too.

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The pattern is as usual available in English and Dutch.

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A little sneak peek


Working hard, almost there.

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Just a little sneak peek to show you what I’m working on. Now the dull part starts: checking the pattern and all the charts. I love it so far.

Groetjes, Dorien

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Toys and Candy


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This week I ordered a box of yarn I never used before. Usually I try to knit and crochet with all natural yarns, so only wool or cotton, sometimes a bit of linen.

I never used synthetic yarns. But because they certainly have their advantages, I thought it might be a good idea to try  and when I want to try something it doesn’t mean I buy 1 skein. So yesterday a huge box was delivered with all 73 colors available of Stylecraft Special DK. 

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The choice for this yarn was made after doing some research; reading about different yarns, looking at pictures of projects made with various yarns and looking what yarns are popular. Isn’t Ravelry the most wonderful place?

But now what to do with it?

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The idea is to knit in fair-isle technique and to make something inspired by patterns from all over the world. So not only Scandinavian stars, or patterns used for Latvanian mittens, but also inspired by geometrical African patterns, woven Chinese fabrics or Japanese kimono fabrics.  It is fun to collect these patterns and designs and to translate them into something that can be knitted.

Hopefully it works out; at least I’m having a good time!

Groetjes, Dorien